March 25, 2019

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Adopting county budget a drawn-out process

Ironing out an annual budget for Rappahannock County is no simple task — what if only 7,321 people live here. Consider the meeting schedule alone for the development and adoption of the county’s future FY20 budget began way back on Nov. 13, 2018, when the School Board first discussed and adopted its budget schedule. The Board of Supervisors followed suit Dec. 3 with its schedule. […]

From the Rappahannock News

Rappahannock Media launches Ashburn Magazine

The Rappahannock News’s sister publication InsideNoVa, a multimedia company that covers numerous localities in Northern Virginia, has announced the launch of a new lifestyle magazine serving the Ashburn community in Loudoun County. The debut issue of Ashburn Magazine, 48 pages, will be mailed this week to thousands of residents, with additional copies available for free pickup at area stores, restaurants, offices and other locations. […]

School/Education News

School Board to lobby for 4 percent teacher pay hike

Piedmont District School Board member Rachel Bynum has hinted of a full-court press to secure a Rappahannock Schools budget for FY20 that would provide the 4 percent salary increase for teachers and staff proposed by Schools Superintendent Dr. Shannon Grimsley. “Now that we have a well-constructed and detailed budget proposal . . . we need to be prepared to lobby for it so that it will be intact for our Supervisors to vote on.” […]


Rappahannock is green for good reason

One thing we learned from St. Patrick’s Day this year is that Rappahannock County per capita has more Irish-heritage residents — almost 1 in 5 — than any other county in Virginia.From Rappahannock to Rockbridge, Lee County to Louisa, Virginia is home to about 790,000 people with Irish heritage, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That is about 9.5 percent of the state’s total population. […]

Letters to the Editor

Amissville’s generous tradition

So happy to see my sweet hometown in such a positive light! [“Video: Amissville’s holiday tradition of giving”]. The people who participate in this effort every year are among the most generous I know!Thank you, Rapp News, Foothills Forum, Roger Piantidosi and Luke Christopher for this wonderful project! […]


‘Youth Mental Health First Aid’ at Hearthstone

The average length of time between the onset of symptoms for a mental health condition and actually receiving treatment is 10 years. In any given year, only twenty percent of children with a diagnosable mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder receive treatment. Almost one-third of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder during his or her lifetime. How can we help? […]

Doing Good Together

Doer Profile: A periodic feature Roberta Anderson

Proudest Achievement: “Getting the new library built in 1991 without any debt. I was the construction coordinator, visiting the building site almost daily, but it took a real team effort with the Friends of the Library, the Library Board and many other involved citizens.” […]

Washington Column

Washington column for March 21

In 1944, Arye’s parents escaped to a village in western Czechoslovakia. A local priest agreed to hide his parents, but not Arye as he posed too much of a risk. A local shepherd and his wife agreed to take Arye but required that he dress like a female and change his name to Annicka in order to avoid suspicion from the townspeople. […]


Gary Settle comes home — for a short time, at least

Virginia State Police Superintendent Col. Gary T. Settle returned home last Saturday for his first public speaking engagement in Rappahannock County since his appointment by Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam fifteen months ago. “Anytime I can come home on a weekend and be with you folks it’s always a blessing for me,” said the superintendent. […]


Rappahannock resident ‘Unlikely Pilgrim’

“Unlikely Pilgrim,” best described as a travelogue, is an account of eleven trips — pilgrimages, actually — taken by two good friends, one of Rappahannock County, over the course of twenty years to rarely traveled regions of the Middle East and Europe. Often spontaneous, always unplanned, Alfred S. “Al” Regnery and his travel companion walked, hitchhiked, bicycled, and on occasion drove to sites rich in the history of Western Civilization, Christianity and Islam. […]


Winter and Spring colliding

Spring officially arrived in Rappahannock County at 5:58 p.m. last evening (Wednesday), not that anybody noticed. Many residents woke up to a light coating of snow Monday morning, with deeper amounts in the higher elevations of the Blue Ridge, where snow showers persisted throughout the day. […]

Horse/Equine News

Ben Venue dubbed ‘pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup’

The Old Dominion Hounds Point-to-Point races are rounding the bend, set for Saturday, April 6, at Ben Venue Farm. Considered by steeplechase horsemen the “pre-Gold Cup Gold Cup,” the Ben Venue races are a major bookend of the region’s social calendar, knitting sport on the racecourse with sport at railside. […]

Foothills Forum

CCLC looks to broaden children, family reach

Rappahannock’s population trends have not been good news for the Child Care and Learning Center (CCLC). In fact, there have been times in recent years when the nonprofit, which has been providing day care and education for young kids in the county since the 1970s, has faced the prospect of shutting down because it didn’t seem it would be able to sustain the enrollment needed to keep operating. […]

Rappahannock Weather

Today is forecast to be Much Cooler than yesterday. Chance of afternoon showers.
Chance of Rain
Monday 60%
High 58° / Low 32°
Chance of Rain
Cloudy early, then off and on rain showers for the afternoon. High 58F. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60%.
Tuesday 0%
High 50° / Low 27°
Sunny skies. High around 50F. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

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Local Events This Week

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  • St. Stephen's Episcopal Lenten study/Poluck dinner

    March 27, 2019  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 115 N East St, Culpeper, VA 22701, USA
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  • Community Conversation on Aging

    March 28, 2019  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    Reynolds Memorial Baptist Church, 3748 Sperryville Pike, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Movie Night at Scrabble School

    March 29, 2019  6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    111 Scrabble Rd, Boston, VA 22713, USA
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  • "After the Storm" performance

    March 29, 2019  7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    Hearthstone School, 11576 Lee Hwy, Sperryville, VA 22740, USA
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  • Harvey the rabbit

    March 29, 2019  8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    RAAC Community Theater, 310 Gay St, Washington, VA 22747, USA
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